Sprite Ball Championship, an annual inter-High Schools basketball tournament in Ghana, has the objective of unearthing talents and developing existing ones amongst the High Schools in Ghana. Since its inception in January, 2007, Sprite Ball has been described as the biggest and the most prestigious basketball competition amongst Senior High School students in Ghana.
SPRITE BALL: 2nd January 2007
The maiden edition of the Sprite Ball series was staged on 2nd January 2007 at the Aviation Social Centre, Accra, and it attracted over thirty (30) Senior High Schools across the length and breath of the country.
The boys’ competition was won by Achimota School with St. Augustine’s College and Oda Senior High School placing second and third positions. In the girls’ competition St. Mary’s came first.
SPRITE BALL: 2nd January 2008
After a very successful maiden edition, the second saw more schools participating. The event took place at the same venue in Accra.
Presbyterian Boys’ High School went home with the enviable cash prize and the trophy while their arch-rivals Achimota School came second. SOS International (Tema) took the third position in the boys category. Wesley Girls’ High School won in the Girls’ competition.
SPRITE BALL: 21st December 2008
The third edition saw the maiden regional competitions which took place in four regions. It marked the beginning of its advancement to other regions of the country, namely Greater Accra, Eastern, Central and Volta regions to select the regional boys teams and three girls teams to compete in the grand finale staged in Accra.
It was also in response to incessant calls from other P.E masters and students in other parts of the country who have been denied the opportunity to participate in this prestigious competition. We (Rite Multimedia and Sprite) therefore extended the competition to the regions.
For administrative expediency and the smooth running of the competition the month for the staging of the grand finale was changed from January to December.
The fourth edition would see the addition of two regions namely Ashanti and Western. It is however the vision of the organisers to cover the entire nation by the close of 2011. (Visit homepage for more details)
The Sprite Ball Championship (SBC) is an initiative of Rite Multimedia, sponsored by Sprite (The Coca-Cola Company Ltd) with support from the Ghana Education Service and the National Sports Council.
SPRITE BALL: 21/22 December 2009
The next season saw over 80 senior high schools spread across six regions involving two new additions namely Ashanti and Western. They joined four others (Greater Accra, Eastern, Central, Volta and the Central regions) to produce an amazing competition.
Forty-four (44) schools competed in the grand-finale at the El-Wak stadium with Armed Forces Secondary Technical School and Sacred Heart Senior High winning the ultimate in the boys and girls division respectively.
Koforidua Secondary Technical School (K.S.T.S) won silver while Kumasi-based Opoku Ware clinched third spot in the boys category.
In the girls division, Wesley Girls placed second while Insaaniya took bronze in a highly entertaining game.
The final was graced by King Tackie Tawiah III – Ga Mantse, Nii Nortey Duah – Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports and David Addo Ashong – Chairman of the Ghana Basketball Association among other dignitaries.
The event was an initiative of Rite Multimedia and sponsored by Sprite with partners including Indomie Noodles, EFPAC, Latex Foam, Ink It, TV Africa, Joy FM, 90 Minutes Newspaper, Ghana News Agency, Rock FM and Radio Xtacy.
SPRITE BALL: 22/23 December 2010
The competition grew in stature and numbers as it two more regions were added to the existing eight. Brong Ahafo and Northern were the two other regions added to the hugely -popular competition and schools in those region didn’t disappoint.
At the end of the two-day competition Mfantsipim underlined their status as an improved side by winning the title at the expense of Prempeh College in an explosive boy’s final at the El-Wak stadium in front of a packed crowd.
Koforidua Secondary Technical placed third for the second time after they beat Labone in the third and fourth place match.
The capital-based Sacred Heart asserted their dominance in the girls division by retaining the title they won the previous year. They fought-back strongly to defeat two-time Central regional champions Aggrey Memorial in an epic final.
Pride of Ashanti, Yaa Asantewaa came third after they negotiated their tie against Tema Senior High.
The attendance was massive and the 2010 edition of the Sprite Ball went into the history books as one of the best games witnessed.
In attendance were the Chief Executive Officer of the National Sports Authority, Worlanyo Agrah, two-time WBC Super Featherweight champion, Prof Azumah Nelson and the Chairman of the Ghana Basketball Association, David Addo-Ashong amongst host of other dignitaries.
Sprite Ball Championship 2010 was brought to you by Sprite, Freedom from thirst and supported by Indomie Instant Noodles- tastes great and DDP Outdoor. Media partners TV Africa, Graphic Sports, Today’s news paper, Ghana sports news paper and powered by Rite Multimedia- Leaders in basketball development & promotion in Ghana.